Can you imagine not being able to tell if your milk has soured? Or worrying that you have bad breath? Being unable to smell if your infant has soiled his diaper?
For those who have lost their ability to smell, which is a disorder called anosmia, many of the things most of us take for granted can add to their depression and anxiety.
You could experience a small sample of what this is like by holding your nose shut and trying a variety of flavored jelly beans suggests Jefferson otolaryngologist, Edmund Pribitkin, MD, who both works with patients who has lost their sense of smell and is involved in research to reengineer cells from the nose into cells that can smell.
Without the ability to smell, “you lose your appreciation of flavor,” Dr. Pribitkin notes.
On Friday, Feb. 28, at 9 am, Dr. Pribitkin will participate in a discussion of his research on restoring the ability to smell for those with anosmia, on the WHYY radio program “The Pulse.” The program will air again Sunday, March 2, at 10 am.
Tune in to WHYY radio to learn more about this leading-edge research and the potential impact on the estimated 2 million people in the U.S who have some functional deficit in their sense of smell.